A brief contemplation on life in the city while waiting to cross busy Posidonos (Poseidon) Avenue. I had very few opportunities to take photos during my stay in Athens, a few days ago, and tried to make the most of what I got.
Palaio Faliro is a coastal suburb in southern Attica. I had spent only a short while looking for pictures along the promenade when I got a phone call to hurry. I almost ran to the traffic light but it had just turned red. The lady stood next to me and although I'm of average height, she was much shorter. This gave me an idea, I took a step backwards and waited a second for the cars to pass before us.
Behind us there were the tram lines, the promenade, a wide beach and then a vast seascape with large ships along the horizon.
Thank you for visiting
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holmertz (44420) 2014-04-29 9:18
Well thought and well done. The blurred back of the nearest car has become like a kind of halo around the woman's head. I'm not sure what that signifies, but it looks good :-) Her dark clothes contrast nicely with the generally much lighter cars and the zebra crossing. There is also a nice reflection of the tree in the car's window. This photo probably gained a lot from the conversion to B&W.
Silvio1953 (129304) 2014-04-29 9:21
Ciao Ourania, gran bel bianco e nero con mosso creativo, splendida scena di vita urbana, bella ed originale, bravissima, ciao Silvio
rigoletto (34269) 2014-04-29 9:27
much more than an instant grab, this is thoughtful and stylish street photography, letting the viewer put himself in the place of her, thinking "what am i doing here, what is this hustle&bustle all about". or that's is only me :)
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-29 11:14
I love this kind of street snapsots and I must say you have really excellent intuition and skills for it.
This one is absolutely stunning!I like the juxtaposition of the motionless woman and moving cars.
Excellent is also your B&W edition!
Wish You a nice evening
kasianowak (7501) 2014-04-29 11:46
I really like the mood here created by the contrast between moving and static elements. It really tells a story of loneliness of an individual in a city. Great idea to present it in b&w.
mesutilgim (88484) 2014-04-29 12:16
Hello dear Ourania,
Very nice b&w capture with full dynamism !
TFS and best regards
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-29 12:17
Wow deep thought with this image, it seems the lady is all in a whirl with the city traffic around her.
Great motion blur of the cars, a very thoughtful and intriguing photo,Tfs.
siudzi (34131) 2014-04-29 13:06
Wow! What a stunning image this! Really original and unique capture in b&w. Very well seen and taken with an excellent sense of The mood. Bravo! TFS!
carlo62 (38000) 2014-04-29 14:35
una proposta molto diversa dalle tue solite foto.
Hai avuto un'idea brillante e il risultato ottenuto è pieno di fascino, questo grazie anche alla scelta del b&w, che ne aumenta l'effetto perchè l'occhio non è disturbato da colori.
Un colpo eccellente.
Noel_Byrne (26998) 2014-04-30 0:11
This reminds me of a music video for a song called Ajara by a group called Way Out West in which a woman is in the airport while the world speeds by all around here. A candid everyday image of a busy city, but by choosing this long exposure, you have removed the woman from the scene and placed her as an observer, not a participant of the speedy world rushing past. Her body stance makes it look like she is deep in thought, contemplating the world and its never ending speed. A wonderful sense of motion and detachment in this, brilliant to do that from a candid shot. B&W was a wonderful choice too, heightening that feeling really well.
thanks as always
snunney (88982) 2014-04-30 2:51
A composition with a difference, which really captures the hustle and bustle of the big city. The point of view is perfect and the inclusion of the waiting pedestrian inspirational. Excellent black and white presentation.
jhm (143445) 2014-04-30 3:20
Absolutely a very extraordinarily picture, in black & white these lady on a very busy traffic point.
Wait for crossing to the other side.
A nice composition, lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
lousat (81646) 2014-04-30 4:05
Ciao Ourania,sono sicuro che tu tieni moltissimo a questa foto,davvero originale,hai provato a fare qualcosa di diverso ed il risultato è di grandissima classe,un modo molto artistico di cogliere una scena comunissima che ogni giorno possiamo vedere centinaia di volte....bravissima!! Buona giornata,Luciano
Cricri (110627) 2014-04-30 6:16
Une route ou la circulation est dense, l'effet dynamique des voitures est bien réaliser, avec la netteté sur la dame et l'arrière plan, l'autre côté doit être plus plaisant, belle réalisation
ikeharel (62081) 2014-04-30 7:53
The pic. really tells you were in a rush, passing cars are shown in a fast ride, relatively speaking to compare with the standing lasy, waiting to cross the heavy traffic road.
Looking around, good DOF and clarity, especially when viewing the far side dwelings.
BennyV (14333) 2014-04-30 12:13
The bl/w adds a documentary feeling to the shot. Great contrasts with the black jacket still in the middle of the action. Fine piece of work. Tfs!
rbassin (19633) 2014-04-30 12:34
C'est une superbe photo N&B, j'aime beaucoup cette scène qui se déroule devant la personne en noir; le cadrage est bien fait et on se retrouve spectateur avec la personne.
jcpix (13810) 2014-04-30 14:41
First off, what a great result from a hand held shot...not easy to do "off the cuff." This is really something impressive, your placement behind this individual gives a strong sensation of being there myself, as if I'm waiting in line to cross the busy street. The motion blur adds a dramatic flare and sets a lively tone, and the choice of black & white gives it that artistic touch of atmosphere. Both calm and frenetic, this is a superb combination of still life and movement intermingling in a singular frame. Bravo! :) Hope all has been well. Take good care.
Periko (3531) 2014-04-30 20:24
Beautiful. I like the result of the low speed. The b&w add interest.
pajaran (54536) 2014-05-01 14:34
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Dobar rad i postignut efekat dugom ekspozicijom.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the place and moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated moment.
Good work and achieved the effect of a long exposure.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
CLODO (31705) 2014-05-03 1:37
good idea and result to coice a low shutter speed to blur the moving cars contrasting with the stable woman silhouette. i would have cropped the top of the image, too eye catching for my taste (see the WS).
eldancer1 (31387) 2014-05-05 7:16
This image just about sums up the fast life in the city. I live near a major street and traffic seems to go on continuously 24 hours a day. Good composition especially in B&W and I like the use of slow speed to blur the autos and for emphasis. Well done, tfs.
mcmtanyel (16001) 2014-05-19 21:49
I love the sharp outlines of the lady against the motion blur of the cars. An ordinary event in life captured excellently.
adores (40354) 2014-06-14 10:18
I like the idea and the result you got. It's a very good b&w! I like a lot the sense of movement and the reflection of the palm tree on the window. Reminds me of a photo I took in India some years ago, in a very different scenery!
- Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) (35852)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-26
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-29 9:04
- Favorites: 1 [view]